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History
The present-day neighborhood known as Bloor West Village became part of the City of Toronto in 1909.  Soon after amalgamation, Bloor West's roads were paved and city services were made available.  The first residents were immigrants of Eastern European background, who helped found the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area, the first of its kind in Canada.  Bloor West Village's European-style bakeries, cafes, delis and cheese shops have been attracting shoppers from all over the city for many years, and have helped make this one of Toronto's premier neighborhoods.

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Overview
Bloor West Village is a popular family neighborhood, with many excellent schools and is within walking distance of High Park, Toronto's biggest and best knwon park.  The neighborhood boasts of one of the best shopping districts in the city.  The mix of brand-name retail franchises as well as locally owned specialty stores, pubs and restaurants offers residents big-city convenience with a small-town appeal.

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Homes
The homes in the area are all fairly similar in size and style, having been built in a relatively short period of time between 1912 and 1923.  Bloor West Village houses feature deep front porches that are well shaded by the majestic oak and maple gtrees that line the streets of this neighborhood.  The majority of houses feature decorative oak acetns, hardwood floor and fireplaces.

Shopping
The Bloor West Village shopping district is as much about eating as it is about shopping.  It's a virtual smorgasbord of bakeries, delicatessens, fruit and vegetable markets, coffe shops, cafes and restaurants.  The Baby Point Village shopping district, on Annette Street just east of Jane Street, includes a floral design store, a home decorating store, a neighborhood pub and other neighborhood retailers.

Recreation
High Park, a 399 acre parkland, is within walking distance of Bloor West Village.  This Toronto landmark contains picnic areas, flower gardens, animal paddocks, a restaurant, an outdoor amphitheatre, sports facilities, a trackless train, an adventure playground and a large pond.  Annette Recreation Centre is attached to the Annette Street public school.  This centre has an indoor pool, a small gymnasium and a baseball diamond.  A little bit east of the Annette Centre is the Annette Street Public Library, which offers programs for adults, children and preschoolers.  The Village also has one movie theatre the Humber which is conveniently located on Bloor Street, just west of Jane Street.  The former Runneymede Theatre on Bloor Street is now a Chapters bookstore.

Schools
(P) Annette Jr. & Sr., 265 Annette Street
(PH) Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave.
(PH)  Western Technical Commerical School, 125 Evelyn Cres.,
(C) St. Cecilia, 355 Annette St.
(C) St. Pius X, 71 Jane St.

Transportation
The Jane and Runnymede subway stations are part of the Bloor Danforth subway line.  They are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village.  The Annette Street bus connects passengers to the Dupont subway staion on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.  There are additional bus routes on Jane Street and Runnymede Road.  Motorist are approximately 10 minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard.  These routes both provide quick access into and out of the city.

 

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**Source - Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods. Maple Tree Publishing**

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